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In August 2009, the Twitter micro-blogging service was accused of software patent infringement by TechRadium.


[edit] In the USA, no tweeting emergencies

The police in Australia can use Twitter for emergencies,[1] and government ministers in the UK are encouraged to use it for crises[2] but if TechRadium's patents are upheld, emergency procedures in the USA will have to begin with a request for permission to use these patents:

US 7,130,389 
“digital notification and response system”
US 7,496,183 
“method for providing digital notification”
US 7,519,165 
“method for providing digital notification and receiving responses”

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  1. http://www.e-legal-gathering.co.uk/forum/news/2070-new-south-wales-police-use-twitter.html
  2. http://www.empirechronicles.co.uk/2009/07/28/government-urge-ministers-to-use-twitter

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